Endoscopic micro ear surgery is a branch of ENT that provides a new breakthrough in the treatment of infections or disorders of the middle ear. An endoscope is preferred over the microscope as it provides a wider view of the middle ear. Additionally, with the use of an endoscope in children and individuals with small ear canals, a large incision or cut can be avoided during procedures such as tympanoplasty or cholesteatoma. Microscopic and endoscopic ear surgeries are complementary procedures that may be used together or alone for optimum results.
Endoscopic micro ear surgery treatment is less painful. Due to a reduction in the number and size of incisions in comparison to other procedures, the chances of bleeding or damage to healthy tissue and bone are quite limited.
Micro ear surgery involves the use of an endoscope to access the canal of the middle ear. An endoscope is a rigid or semi-rigid, thin rod-like instrument. A laser beam and a highly sophisticated camera are attached to the tip of the instrument. The images taken by the probe are projected on a large screen for easier diagnosis.
Some of the side effects associated with middle ear surgery are tested disturbance and mouth dryness, tinnitus, temporary loss of skin sensation around the operated area, soreness or stiffness in the jaw movement, drainage behind the ear, ear pressure or mild equilibrium disturbance.